A Dramatic Pentecostal/Charismatic Anti-Theodicy
Improvising on a Divine Performance of Lament
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Torr's study arises from his own experience of grief in seemingly unanswered prayer. He convincingly proposes the biblical performance of lamenting with the aid of the Spirit while waiting for eschatological relief. I commend this book warmly to all those seeking answers to the real challenges of suffering and pain."
--Allan Heaton Anderson, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
"Stephen Torr has written a rich, thoughtful, and critical exposition on the reality of suffering in the vista of faith. . . . This will be an important study for those in Pentecostal traditions; beyond that it merits the close attention of the wider community of faith as a contribution to our thinking about the problem of evil in the context of actual church practice."
--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Stephen Torr has provided an insightful account of how those working from within the Pentecostal and charismatic traditions might approach the problem of evil and suffering. His position, especially his advocacy of the genre of lament within a theo-dramatic approach, deserves to be widely read. It makes an original contribution to theological scholarship and assists the church in its pastoral practice."
--Mark J. Cartledge, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
"Using a canonical approach with a Christocentric key, Torr invites the reader to consider the role of the Spirit in prayers of lament. Centering on the practice of testimony, he offers concrete direction for revitalizing the oft-neglected practice of lament among Christians. This is a must-read for scholar and minister alike."
--Scott Ellington, Emmanuel College